a living hope
“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6-7)
We are in that season once again when we should be setting our perspectives on being thankful and yet — there are days that are not merry and bright, when it is difficult to be joyful or thankful. Honestly, so many days we are just tired — of the darkness that comes the closer we approach Christmas; of the never-ending expectations and demands of the season; of the loneliness or sorrow that does not seem to let go; of a broken and shattered heart that should be ignored in this season.
Maybe this is exactly where you are — feeling like you are the only one feeling like this, with this fragment of hopelessness setting into your soul. I hope you listen when I tell you: you are not the only one. You are not alone in this.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3)
See, the journey will be difficult and sometimes the mountain before us is too tall to see anything else — but we can look straight up to Jesus and say, “Help me.” Sometimes our hearts are breaking hard and fast — but that is the place for the Lord to create our hearts anew. Sometimes the cold darkness around us seems to be steeping hard into us — but the glimmering glory of the living hope is always there for us to see.
This living hope we have — there is so much beauty in the glory of this hope. It is a living hope because it has life in it — eternal life in our Savior who conquered the death. This glorious hope, it is only the Lord’s abundant mercy towards us because it is not just a hope but rather an assurance of a sure future and blessings to come. Our living hope carries us through the days that are too long and the battles that are too hard, because our sin and shame, our past and pain are left at the foot of the cross. This hope, it is imperishable — one that time or trials cannot destroy.
“Rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13)
See, this here? This is our great hope, this sure assurance of a grace that will meet us wherever we are. Like in the story of Peter’s restoration when Jesus asked Peter three times whether Peter loved Him. The first two times, the Lord asked about agape love but Peter answered with phileo love so on the third time, the Lord stooped down to phileo love — to where Peter was.
Now, the thing is — the Lord will do just that with us as well. He will meet us where we are. He will stoop down with grace; He will lift us up with gentle hands and lead us forward. Truly, it is only through dependence on the grace of God that we can glorify the Lord in all season of our lives. This beautiful, scandalous grace — it will accept us as we are but it does not leave us there. No, it will transform us to become more like Jesus.
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